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Jan 31, 2009 08:19 AM

Gourmet lunch for 1 by Penn Station

On my way to family in Jersey (sigh) I will have 36 hours in NYC and on my last few moments would love to have a gourmet lunch by Penn Station. I would like something nice but not too nice cause I will have a small suit case. (For dinner the night before I'll be at Convivio.)

I don't know that area, suggestions are much appreciated. Or perhaps I should forgo the location and just go to Pastis, Balthazar's or Gramercy.

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Forgo the location. All of your other options are one quick subway ride away from Penn Station.

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    1. re: Stuffed Monkey

      Totally agreed. You could be in the Village in 15 minutes, for example. Unless you want to go to Keens, as RGR suggests, or shift gears and get some delicious Korean barbecue at Madangsui (35th between 5th and 6th). But that's a lot of food for one person!

    2. There are no "gourmet" restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Penn Station. If a steakhouse would suit you, if this is mid-week, then head for Keens.

      If not, again if it's midweek, I'd opt for Eleven Madison Park. They always provide excellent service to solo diners and will happily store your small suitcase while you have lunch.